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Cardinals ask Phillies’ permission to interview Ryne Sandberg

Nov 2, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

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Ryne Sandberg may not be an option to replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager, but Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Cardinals have asked the Phillies for permission to interview Sandberg as a potential Tony La Russa replacement.

Sandberg managed at Triple-A in the Phillies’ system this season and according to Rosenthal they’ll grant the Cubs permission.

Sandberg was passed over for the Cubs’ opening when then-general manager Jim Hendry decided to give Quade the full-time job and new team president Theo Epstein said today that Quade’s replacement must have significant big-league coaching experience, which seemingly rules out the Hall of Fame second baseman.

Chicago passing on Sandberg multiple times is plenty interesting, but his ending up in St. Louis would crank up the drama even further.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Ryne Sandberg in a Cards uniform. That would piss Cubs fans off big time.

    • okwhitefalcon - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:36 PM

      “Ryne Sandberg in a Cards uniform. That would piss Cubs fans off big time.”

      That would piss this Cards fan off too.

      No way, no how, no thanks.

      What’s next, bring Palmeiro in to fool around with Sandberg’s wife like he did in Chicago back in the day?

      • halladaysbiceps - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:40 PM

        Palmeiro would not be interested in Sandberg’s wife anymore. Rumor has it he’s no longer taking viagra.

      • ms72lbc - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:47 PM

        Bringing in Ryne Sandberg to manage the Cardinals would piss off the entire Cardinal nation. Tony has been grooming Jose Oquendo for years. Time for Johnny Mo to move him from 3rd base to the dugout!

  2. stlouis1baseball - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Really? Sandberg? Come on…really?

  3. spudchukar - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    I hope we are just messin’ with the Cubs. If so, good stuff, if we are serious…No thanks.

    • stlouis1baseball - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:22 PM

      Exactly Spud. Hire Oquendo and move on. Sandberg? Wonderful player but….jeesh!

  4. SmackSaw - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Never happen. Jiminy Rosenthal is just stirring things up.

  5. paperlions - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    This is just to fulfill the MLB requirement that you must interview at least one majority candidate, right? RIGHT? RIGHT? Please god, someone tell me that is why!

  6. chadh88 - Nov 2, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    I think its a great move. Pisses of Cubs fans and helps Sandberg get his name out there as a big league candidate. I doubt the Cards would actually hire him, but they can’t interview nobody, and if Sandberg gets a managerial job somewhere else in the NL he will still get to face the Cubs.

  7. chadh88 - Nov 2, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Also, I am not completely sold on Oquendo. TLR has been grooming him and I don’t really want a TLR clone. And if he is as good at managerial decisions as knowing when to hold runners it may not work out too well.

  8. grizz2202 - Nov 2, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Grooming is not the same as cloning. Ask any Korean cloning specialist/pet boarder. Are you a clone of your dad? Or do you just have some of the same mannerisms? They’re (obviously) completely different people. I don’t think Oquendo would make 15,000 pitching changes in his career or start 160 different lineups a season.

    And regarding Sandberg, if you’d rather toil in mediocrity because you don’t want a Cubs hero from 20 years ago then…

    You’re a Cards fan. Go Cards!!!

    • chadh88 - Nov 2, 2011 at 5:49 PM

      I don’t believe Sandberg would have great success at the MLB level right away, nor do I think he would be accepted very easily in St Louis because of the type of fans you are mocking. From what I have heard/read, he has the skills to be a good manager someday, but I don’t believe a first year manager would be picked for the “win now” type of attitude the Cardinals have every year with Oquendo being possibly the only exception. I think it will come down to someone with more experience (Gardenhire, Maddon, Riggleman, Francona?) regardless of their recent track records.

      If Sandberg were to go to a rebuilding franchise and have moderate success, I don’t think Cards fans would be opposed to him in a few years. And if I haven’t made it obvious, yes I am a Cards fan.

  9. astrozac - Nov 2, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    I’d rather not have a former star player as a manager. Some article I read long ago, pointed out they don’t have the mind set and attitude as someone who was a bench or role player, learning a lot about the game from the dugout. I know there are exceptions, Torre, Piniella, etc., but unless they’re a Player/Manager I’d rather have Oquendo or Francona

    • stlouis1baseball - Nov 2, 2011 at 5:24 PM

      Absolutely Astro. I would take it a step further however. I have always heard….and felt (with a few exceptions of course)…former players of any caliber (espeically really good ones) rarely make good Coaches or Managers. I don’t care if it’s Baseball, Football or Basketball. Hell…throw Hockey and Soccer in their too.

  10. materialman80 - Nov 2, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Hey Ryan, come to St.Louis just so you can finally put on the uniform of a winner. I know deep down inside you don’t want to put that Cubs uniform back on…….

  11. hk62 - Nov 2, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Doesn’t Ryno have two AAA championships now – one in PCL and one in IL? Not that its anything like the bigs, but he can’t be aweful. Not saying he’s the best choice either – just that its not stupid to take a look at him.

    • phillyphreak - Nov 2, 2011 at 6:09 PM

      Not that minor league records mean anything but I don’t think he has any minor league championships. He has a Manager of the Year (2010) in the PCL.

  12. gallaghedj311 - Nov 2, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    God I wish the phillies would fire Charlie and give the reins to sandberg.

  13. saintsfire - Nov 2, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    Living in the midwest and a reader of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for over 3 decades, let me clue you in on an observation of mine.

    St. Louis the club, the organization, the press, the fans, are masters of subtlety, artful in misdirection,
    and employ these small moves out of zeal for baseball superiority.
    There is not much they won’t do to win, but always tactful and almost never blatantly crossing the lines. They love baseball too much there to jeopardize any out, inning, game, series, or season, with blatantly uncouth behavior. 99.9%

    St. Louis fans are some of the most courteous and respectful hosts you will ever encounter should you take in a game there under the arch. Let’s hope that never changes.

    (All this from someone who is NOT a fan of any of the following, Astros, Brewers, Cards, Cubs, Reds, or Pirates.

  14. bbk1000 - Nov 3, 2011 at 6:14 AM

    “Sandberg managed at Triple-A in the Phillies’ system this season and according to Rosenthal they’ll grant the Cubs permission”

    Grant the CUBS permission? Further evidence you can’t proofread your own work….

  15. blueintown - Nov 3, 2011 at 7:19 AM

    Dear trolls — Even I respect the Cardinals organization enough to know that they would never interview/hire someone to “piss off Cubs fans”. I know that despite winning the World Series, you still insist on measuring your team against the toilet-dwelling Cubs, but perhaps it’s time to get over it. If Sandberg is the right fit for the right time, they will hire him. As they should.

    • paperlions - Nov 3, 2011 at 8:03 AM

      Cardinal fans have never measured themselves or their team/organization against the Cubs….there really is no basis for comparison.

      • blueintown - Nov 3, 2011 at 8:27 AM

        I 100% agree with the second part of your statement. That is what makes their bizarre fixation on the Cubs so perplexing.

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